WASHINGTON: Brunswick Group senior advisor William H. Lash III, a former assistant secretary in the US Commerce Department, reportedly shot and killed his son and himself on July 13, the Washington Post reported.
Lash, 45, reportedly shot his sixth-grade son and himself following a dispute with his wife, who ran from their McLean, VA, house and called police. Lash had not previously been involved in any domestic complaints, and neighbors said Lash appeared to be a devoted father who loved his son deeply, the Post reported.
"Obviously we were shocked, saddened, upset, and surprised to find this out on Friday morning," David Shapiro, a Brunswick Group partner, told PRWeek. "Bill was extraordinarily upbeat and extremely positive, smart, and witty. He seemed to have a zest for life and the work he was doing, so it is a surprise."
As assistant secretary of commerce for market access and compliance from 2001 to June 2005, Lash worked to improve US companies' access to overseas markets. After he left the Commerce Department, Lash served as a professor of law at George Mason University and was also counsel to the chairman of the United States International Trade Commission.
"He was very much part-time [with Brunswick] because he was a full-time professor of law," Shapiro said. "When he was at Commerce, one of his jobs was, in essence, to represent US business around the world, and for that he traveled a lot and got to know the corporate types, international regulators, and others, and so he was very helpful to us and our clients in terms of his knowledge of the international regulatory world."